8 October: The government’s lifting of Corona-virus measures will not happen in Oslo
Press release: – We must have stricter regulations in Oslo than the rest of the country. We can’t allow any of the measures to be lifted in Oslo, which the government is opening up for in the rest of the country, said Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen (Labour).
The content of this press release may be out of date. See Advice and rules in Oslo for the measures that apply.
The national government will drop restrictions in serving alcohol, and will gradually re-open broad sporting activities for adults. They will allow up to 600 people to take part in outdoor events. In addition, they will allow people to sit just with just one seat between them at events with fixed seating.
Today, the city government has agreed not to allow any of these reductions in the current regulations in Oslo. At the same time, the following measures will be continued in the city:
- Maximum 10 people at private gatherings
- Compulsory face masks on public transport when 1 metre distance is not possible
- Compulsory registration of guests at pubs and restaurants
- Advice to all employers, to operate homeoffice working when possible
- Advice to everyone, to avoid using public transport
- Pubs and restaurants must stop serving at midnight
In the city government’s view, the main challenge from now on will be to stick to these rules, and the police have given notice that they will act to make sure that the rules are better observed.
– The Oslo police will continue to give advice and guidance to Oslo’s residents. We will issue legal orders if necessary, and anyone who breaks the rules to prevent infection risks being fined. We will work closely with the City Council, to reduce the numbers of infections in Oslo, said the Chief Constable, Beate Gangås.
So far, 174 cases have been registered in the Oslo police district in relation to the Corona pandemic. 84 of the cases are for breaching rules for quarantine or isolation, and fines from 5,000 up to 22,000 NOK have been issued, depending on repeated offences.
Oslo has experienced an increase in the number of infections after the summer. However, the rates of infection have remained stable over the last three week, with the exception of yesterday, 7th October, when the infection rate was the highest since April.
– It is likely that the current high infection rate, of 80 new cases, is related to the autumn break. About 3,000 fewer people were tested during the autumn break than during the week before. A lot of Oslo’s residents were away during the autumn break, staying at small cottages in communities with less restrictions than we have in Oslo. A lot of people have most likely delayed getting tested until returning home, said Governing Mayor Johansen.